Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WILL DO BETTER; Capello Confident in Zagreb

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WILL DO BETTER; Capello Confident in Zagreb

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FABIO Capello believes England play better on the road, when they are away from the intense expectation that comes with the Wembley crowd.

The coach insists his team will go into tonight's World Cup qualifying crunch in hostile Zagreb with more confidence than they have when playing at Wembley.

Croatia have never lost a competitive game at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb and in the last 10 have won nine and kept nine clean sheets - but Capello feels his side may be under less pressure there than at home.

"When we play at home we don't play with a lot of confidence, so I prefer to play away from home," he said.

"I hope we play with courage, not fear. We will play like a team. We know that Croatia never lose at home, but I'msure that England's players will play better than at home because we when we play at Wembley sometimes the crowd whistle at the first mistake."

Captain John Terry declared England would be happy to come away with a draw from the potentially decisive clash, but Capello believes a win is possible.

He said: "I think we played every game better and with more confidence, in this moment I know Croatia and their strong points. I'm sure we will play well. I understand the spirit of the group, the spirit of the team is going up."

Terry believes the stakes and pressure of the Zagreb showdown will bring the best out of Fabio Capello.

Terry twice lifted the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and feels his old manager has a similar presence to the England coach.

Croatia denied them qualification to Euro 2008 but Terry has the opportunity for revenge when they return to theMaksimir Stadium to face Slaven Bilic's men in a clash that could define their campaign to reach South Africa in 2010.

With Steve McClaren in charge, England also buckled against Russia in their last campaign, but Terry is confident Capello is a coach who rises to the occasion. …

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